Pupil Premium



The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help address the underachievement of pupils from low income families. 


The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools annually. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent since schools are considered best placed to access what provision should be made for the pupils that they are responsible for. However, schools must report annually on how it has been spent and on its impact. New performance tables also capture the achievement of disadvantaged pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.


The Department for Education classifies a pupil as ‘disadvantaged’ if they meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Pupils in any year group from reception to year 11 that have been entitled to free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Looked-after children as defined in the Children Act 1989
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


National and in-school data shows that, as a group, pupils eligible for the pupil premium face barriers to educational attainment. Common barriers to underachievement include poor numeracy and/or literacy skills, below average attendance and low aspirations or emotional wellbeing. However we recognise that every child is an individual and so we do not label students. Instead we seek to tackle under performance wherever and whenever it occurs by working to understand students’ individual barriers to learning and then addressing these in lesson where possible. 


Our school vision is to provide an exceptional education for all students, whether disadvantaged or not. We have a moral imperative to ensure that all students have the best possible start in life and so seek provide all students with equal opportunities to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially.

To this end, we aim to ensure that:

  • all students benefit from the ‘Crayford Advantage’ by making outstanding academic progress in relation similar students locally and nationally
  • every young person classified as ‘disadvantaged’ by the DfE benefits directly from the Pupil Premium funding that the school receives
  • any differences in outcomes between disadvantaged students and their peers are closely monitored using in-school reporting mechanisms
  • we recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any student or groups of students the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged
  • parents of disadvantaged children understand they can make a positive contribution to their children's achievement in school by engaging in school processes and recognising that parent involvement can make a difference

Pupil Numbers and Funding Received

Pupil Premium 2015-2016:

In 2015/16 there were 190 pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium in the primary phase of the Academy and 322 pupils eligible in the secondary phase of the Academy. The total amount of funding was £532,758.

Pupil Premium 2016-2017:

In 2016/17 there were 179 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium in the primary phase of the Academy and 277 pupils eligible in the secondary phase of the Academy. The total amount of funding is £459,275. This is a split of £236, 280 (Primary) and £258.995 (Secondary).

Pupil Premium 2017-2018:

This year there are 148 pupils eligible for Pupil Premium in the primary phase of the Academy, and 283 pupils eligible in the secondary phase of the Academy. The total amount of funding is £459,965

Number of pupils
Pupil Premium
Secondary (7-11)
2 year old provision


Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the Primary Phase

Our Pupil Premium is used to provide a range of activities and resources which support identified pupils to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially. These include the following:

  • Use of HLTAs to support targeted year 5 and 6 pupils to raise attainment and tackle areas of weakness
  • Additional phonic groups conducted daily to work across key stage 1, working with specific pupils to close the gaps in knowledge
  • After school booster groups run termly by staff and resources to provide programmes across the primary school to boost reading ages of targeted pupils
  • Providing financial support to ensure that all pupils are able to attend school trips and residential activities to increase learning opportunities outside the classroom
  • Provide financial support and offer places at morning breakfast club to ensure Pupil Premium children are prepared for learning each day and that their school attendance is good
  •  Use of our Sports Premium Funding to establish a girls’ football team who play in the Bexleyheath league. We have also upgraded our North Campus football pitch and athletics field to Sport England standard to encourage positive lifestyle choices, physical activity and competition, from which disadvantaged children can directly benefit. We do know that levels of obesity are higher in Bexley than any other Borough in South-East London and much higher than national and we also know that obesity is worse for children in deprived families. We are acting positively to tackle this.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding in the Secondary Phase

Accelerating the progress of disadvantaged students is a key component of all priority plans. The performance of these students is scrutinised at fortnightly leadership meetings through information gleaned from talking to pupils, looking at their books and analysing data from their recent assessments.


In 2016/17 the Pupil Premium Grant has been used to provide:

  • a tailor-made curriculum that includes extra English and Maths lessons for disadvantaged students in danger of falling behind in years 10 and 11;
  • extra sets in English and Maths in years 7, 8 and 9 to provide smaller class sizes for our most vulnerable students;
  • a significantly reduced timetable for three Curriculum Directors of English, Maths and Science, each tasked with raising achievement and progress of disadvantaged students in their subject area;
  • time for outstanding leaders to design and deliver a 5 day training programme for Middle Leaders of underperforming departments. This training programme includes mentoring from a head teacher and a full day on improving the quality of teaching and learning and how to track student progress;
  • the Improving Teacher Programme and the Outstanding Teacher Programme run for teachers that teach a high proportion of disadvantaged students;
  • careers intervention programme designed by our excellent Careers & Destinations Co-ordinator aimed to prepare disadvantaged students for transition into year 10 and year 12. Disadvantaged pupils have access to extended personalised careers interviews, a careers fair and world of work trips that raise aspirations resulting in 0% NEET for the past 3 years;
  • free theatre trips for disadvantaged students to help increase cultural capital and understanding of texts or plays studied at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4;
  • admin structure to monitor and maximise attendance;
  • a Learning Resource Centre opened and staffed from 08:00 – 17:00;
  • supervised homework club in a quiet environment that runs at the end of each school day;
  • financial support to purchase recommended GCSE revision materials in Core Subjects
  • participation in a range of enrichment activities including Brilliant Club and Debatemate
  • running Preparing for Success at GCSE Workshops for parents of disadvantaged children.

Continue to run the Improving

Teacher Programme

and the Outstanding

Teacher Programme

Both courses have proven track record of improving the quality of teaching. Teachers with a high percentage of Pupil Premium students given priority to attend course. £20,000 100% of teachers on the course will go on to lead an action-based research project aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning. Impact will be presented to Heads at the Federation Conference.

Creation of Subject

Leadership for Student Achievement

Programme for all Middle Leaders

Rigorous and consistent monitoring of progress and actions to address gaps is required to improve outcomes for Pupil Premium students. The 5 day programme to ensure all subject leaders know how to promote quality first teaching and to track student progress in their department. £10,000 In school variation in results will halve and all subject leaders will successfully pass their performance management.

Reduced timetable

for three Curriculum


Lead Practioners are subject experts and will spend time reviewing the curriculum to ensure it supports all students to be challenged. Lead Practioners will also be used for 1-2-1 support with Pupil Premium students as this is a high impact strategy outlined by EEF £60,000 Lesson observations to monitor quality of teaching and progress of pupils. 100% of students tutored by LPs will make better than expected progress from their starting points.

Additional English and Maths sets

created at KS3 & 4

Additional English and Maths sets created to ensure targeted support and intervention to pupils £40,000 Maths and English results for PP students exceed results of all students nationally

Revision sessions at

Easter and Summer

Half Term

Pupil Premium students make up the majority of the students at these sessions£4,000 £4,000 100% of students attending will improve by at least one grade in their GCSE exams

Pupil Premium

subsidy for extra

curricular trips to

increase cultural


Pupil Premium students were found to attend fewer trips and enrichments than their peers, therefore funding allocated to enable them to attend £5,000 All Pupil Premium students to attend at least one free trip over the course of the year

Free revision


Pupil Premium students given free revision guides, model essays and exam tip booklets £5,000 All Pupil Premium students have access to model essays and resources for revision

Careers Intervention


Vulnerable students given specific opportunities to raise aspirations and understanding of the world of work £20,000 All Pupil Premium students to attend at least one free trip, careers interview or work experience placement over the course of the year.

Learning Resource

Centre open to all


Staffed from 08:00 – 17:00 £20,000 There is no gap in the number homework sanctions over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP students
Homework club Supervised homework club that runs at the end of each school provides students with a quiet environment to work £5,000 There is no gap in the number homework sanctions over the academic year recorded by PP and Non PP students

Accelerated Reader

funded for all


Pupil premium pupils identified as those with lower reading ages and less well established reading habits £30,000 Raised reading ages for pupil premium students

Admin structure to

monitor and

maximise attendance

In school variations in attendance and Pupil Premium students disproportionally represented in the persistently absent figures £20,000 Attendance of all year groups consistently above national average and raising over time

Enrichment subsidised

for students

To encourage pupil premium students to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities which they would not usually access eg Debatemate £10,000 Improved research and rhetorical skills leading to improved grades in GCSE English Speaking component of course


Achievement and Progress of Students Eligible for the Pupil Premium

Key Stage 1


Attainment of at least the expected standard in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was close to or above national figures for other pupils. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils that met the expected standard in phonics was above the national figure for other pupils in Year 1. The gap between the disadvantaged was 2% above the other pupil results in phonic screening for Year 1.


Key Stage 2


Our disadvantaged low and middle prior attainers performed above the national average in writing compared to other disadvantaged pupils elsewhere. Writing was an improvement focus in our primary phase and here we saw our pupils rise above the national standard.  


Key Stage 4


In 2016, our disadvantaged pupils had an overall positive Progress 8 score. The achievement of Pupil Premium pupils in the English element was outstanding, with a positive Progress 8 score of 0.35. Similarly, in Maths, Pupil Premium pupils recorded a positive Progress 8 score of 0.16.


The investment in our Pupil Premium children actually saw a gap between our disadvantaged pupils and other pupils achieving the EBACC. Our disadvantaged pupils achieved a positive score of 0.42 compared to 0.40 for the other pupils.  


We consider this to be strong evidence that investment over time in our Pupil Premium pupils shows real impact and supports the inclusive model of all-through education we provide.